Next Reiki Level Two (Chuden) Training: 9/8 and 9/15

GW CIM Luann Jacobs and Yael Flusberg offer:

Reiki Level Two (known as the Chuden level in Japanese) deepens your intuitive understanding of universal source, connects you to a greater volume of Reiki energy, and strengthens your ability to be present in the energy flow. In this level, you will also learn how to send Reiki at a distance to others.  Reiki Level Two is a prerequisite for entering Reiki Master Level training (Okuden) and gives the student insight into Reiki as a wisdom and mystery practice.


In Level Two you will be introduced to three sacred symbols, which serve specific healing functions:

(1) powering up the Reiki energy,

(2) healing at the mental and emotional level, and

(3) healing across time and space.


Our approach in teaching this level is to make the symbols come alive through visual and movement arts and hands-on application of advanced Reiki techniques on yourself and others.  


We will also discuss the ethics of treating others, and local resources for volunteering. You will receive two attunements at this level, and a workbook to guide you in your practice. Homework will include 21 days of self-healing, and ten documented sessions on others.


Prerequisite: Certificate from your Reiki 1 Training, and permission from Luann and Yael.


Next Reiki Level Two (Chuden) Training:  

September 8 and 15, 2017



First evening of training:  September 8

You’ll receive an attunement, learn about the three sacred Reiki symbols and their deeper meanings and uses, and practice bringing them into your energy blueprint using visual and movement arts. You’ll also experience hands-on application of advanced Reiki techniques on yourself and others.

Homework: 21 days of self-care, using some of our suggestions for how to incorporate the symbols in your daily life.


Second evening of training:  September 15

We’ll focus on distant healing practices, and how to create your own personal sending protocol. You’ll receive a second attunement and learn how to apply this level of work to your own spiritual development.


Certificate Presentation:  Upon completion of both classes and ten documented sessions on others.

ProCure_Art and AIM health institute offer Art Therapy program for Cancer patients and survivors

Enroll HERE into FREE Art Therapy program for cancer patients!

Alexander Technique Summer Shorts

Summer 2017 Alexander Technique offering from Mary Naden

Single 2-hour BEGINNERS group workshop

*plus one 1/2 hour private lesson

Saturday July 15, 2017 11-1:00 p.m.

COST: $85

RENEW your technique

A 2 hour group class suitable for those who have already taken AT

Saturday August 12th, 2017 11-1:oo p.m.

COST: $60


ACP recommends integrative therapies for low back pain

Major development! American College of Physicians fully embraces integrative medicine therapies such as acupuncture, mindfulness, Yoga, Tai Chi, spinal manipulation and others for management of chronic low back pain. What is especially encouraging is that these methods are to be used as 1st line BEFORE any medications!  Click on the title below to read the full article:

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians

GWCIM yoga therapist Yael Flusberg featured in GW Cancer Center magazine

Check out the inaugural issue of the GW Cancer Center, which has pooled resources from throughout GW to reimagine an end to cancer.  Check out the article on page 22-23 about the weekly class GWCIM yoga therapist Yael Flusberg has offered to people living with cancer for four years. Gentle yoga can strengthen the body and help those in treatment as well as cancer survivors deal with uncomfortable side effects and stress.

Important film about chronic pain: “All The Rage: Saved by Sarno”

An important documentary movie by filmmaker Michael Galinsky entitled “All The Rage: Saved By Sarno” premiered in New York on November 12, 2016.  This film is about the ground breaking work of John E. Sarno, M.D. demonstrating that most common chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions occurring in the back, neck, shoulders, knees, feet, etc. are caused by psychological tension (repressed rage).

Read more about this film is this article:

7th SIMPLE Symposium July 11-14, 2016 in Taos, New Mexico

After six successful conferences under the direction of Dr. Arti Prasad, the University of New Mexico, Section of Integrative Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, Integrative Medicine de Taos (IMdT), and Continuing Medical Education will present SIMPLY Botanicals and the 7th Biennial Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) July 10-14, 2016 at the Sagebrush Inn in beautiful Taos, NM.

more info here

GWCIM Medical Director Dr. Kogan is one of the major speakers.


Dr. Kogan reviewing Gwyneth Paltrow’s smoothie on Wash Post

WP:  “Dr. Mikhail Kogan, our medical supervisor for the video, works at George Washington University’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Kogan incorporates some alternative medicine practices into his treatments, so he’s a little more open to the ingredients found in Paltrow’s smoothie than we are. But even Dr. Kogan is skeptical about the cocktail.”

To watch video (and smile) follow this link:


Alexander Technique 2016, April and June – affordable group classes in Takoma Park

We all experience the habits, tensions and stresses of life that can challenge our innate abilities, sometimes to the point of crippling our capacity to move and think with ease.  The Alexander Technique is a form of postural re-education that teaches you to use your whole body with ease, efficiency, balance and power.  Read about Alexander Technique more here.  Learn Alexander Technique with our instructor Mary Naden.

3-Class Spring Series  $120

Three 90-minute group classes + ½ hour Private Lesson*

April 4, 11,18 | 7:30-9 p.m.


1-Class Summer Intros: $75

2-hour small group class + ½ hour Private Lesson*

Monday, June 13, Saturday, July 16, or Tuesday, August 9


To register, call or email
Mary Naden



HeartMath Brings Relief By Connecting Heart, Mind and Emotions

An article by Dr. Ilana Seidel published in Natural Awakenings magazine.

“Picture this scenario. A quickly beating heart, sweaty palms, shallow breath and focusing on one thing—staying alive. Driving downhill in Pittsburgh on black ice petrified him. His mentor, however, entered the office with a smile and calmly shook the snow off her boots. Notice that the stressor was the same. One chose a sympathetic nervous system mediated response, while the other chose a more coherent response.

When one chronically chooses to respond with depleting emotions, such as anxiety or fear, these emotions create a sympathetic nervous system cascade and a stress hormone cascade. The sympathetic pathway regulates the ‘fight or flight’ response, which was historically used to intermittently run away from tigers and bears. ….”

Read full text HERE